LO is 3 days old. Nursed like a champ in the hospital. All been down hill since we got home. She started rejecting the right side. I was able to still get her on it every once in awhile but now she won't take it ever. She has also now started rejecting the left. After a 20 minute scream fest as I try to get her to latch and she refuses, I end up giving up, taking a break, and trying again 20 minutes later.
It's gotten to the point now where she's basically not eating. Last nursing session was 4pm yesterday. Refused at 6pm, 7pm and 8pm. At 7:30 I pumped some milk and after the refused 8pm feeding, I used a syringe to give her some of the pumped milk. She accepted it fine.
Went to bed...by midnight she had still not nursed (offered her boob before bed and a couple of times when she woke up). By 12:30am, I had decided that 8 hours of basically no food was ridiculous and went and got one ounce of my pumped milk and gave it to her via syringe again.
So, obviously we have major issues here and I am attempting to find someone, ANYONE who can help me. The pedi is useless - just told me to supplement. Didn't try to get to root of matter. I will try to call the hospital's LC tomorrow but she may well not be there since it's Sunday. I cannot afford the $200+ for an in-home lactation consult from one of the lactation centers around here. So...tomorrow begins a fun day of phone tag and internet research trying to find someone who can observe what's going on and help me out.
In the meantime...the syringes suck. Is the best way for me to supplement by using a supplemental nursing system? The problem is...I can't even get her on the boob to attach the system so that it even comes close to simulating nursing. The best I'll be able to do is attach it to my pinky or something and put that in her mouth.
Any other suggestions? I need to get her fed without destroying any hope at a good breastfeeding relationship.
p.s. - I've tried switching sides frequently, nursing when she's sleepy, nursing when awake, different positions, etc. Can't figure out why she suddenly decided she doesn't want to latch.